Friday, September 6, 2013

Smooth and Supple

'Smooth and Supple' 
5 x 7 inches oil on panel
$100 plus $7 US shipping/$15 International


Hello??? Anyone still out there?? It's me Crystal. You know, that crazy, geeked out girl who used to paint a lot? :D 

Yes, I've been gone a while haven't I? Weird. Life has been crazy hectic lately, we just put our house up for sale so the last few months has been a blur of packing and cleaning, organizing, and everything else that needs to be done to get your house ready for perfect strangers to walk through it and go into a crazy amount of debt to buy it. ;) 

I also have been busy with commission work, that's taken all my focus away from daily painting. But I am going to try, really hard, to try to post a new painting or drawing once a week. I feel like that's all I can manage right now, but I recognize that I NEED to do something. Or at least. . . a work in progress post once a week so you guys don't completely forget about me. :) 

This horse could count for 'J' in my alphabet series had I not cropped out his legs and body. Because he's actually jumping in the air. 

I also have broken quite a few compositional rules with this one. But I don't care. I LOVE this painting. And breaking rules is sort of a job requirement for artists. We're rebels at heart. ;) See you next week everybody! Thanks to all of you for checking in with me! Hugs to all of you, and virtual cupcakes too. 

Listening to: Pinback
Reading: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Watching: Revolution
Snacking on: Chips and salssa
Drinking: Dirty Diet Coke's as often as I can get them (the best thing ever and totally bad for you but well. . . see above about rebels and such)

Reference photo by Deidre T on deviantART, thank you! 

13 comments:

  1. We missed you SOOO much...don't do that again!!! This horse is beautifully painted, Crystal! I love all those beautiful purples and splashes of reds...Good luck with the house and your commission pieces..!!!

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  2. Hey, there you are. Lovely one Crystal. Moving can be quite the chore so I hope it gets easier. I like to think of it as a time of renewal because it's usually when you discard the unnecessary and start fresh. Blessings to you and your family.

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  3. Over the top busy! Hoping the whole selling/house hunting thing goes well. Don't know how you do all that you do, but you have certainly created a beauty with this piece, no surprise. And you're co-hosting AHA show, great show by the way!

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  4. Hi There Friend! Love your tumbles and if you finished the commissioned paintings, please do share with us here! I loved the sneak peak of the big oil portrait -- how's that going? Life always keeps us on our toes at one time or another, but we'd always be here for you...

    Talking about selling your house -- are you guys moving to another city, or just want to move to a different place? Selling a house can be stressful, you take care there! And good luck with the sales!

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  5. You read Neil Gaiman? He's awesome! I just started reading Sandman a while ago!

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  6. I am a firm believer in stretching, bending and breaking rules - they are made for that!!!
    Your horse [and the title] are perfect! The colors are so vivid and rich.
    I like Neil Gaiman, too. Have you read "American Gods"?

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  7. Actually I'm relieved that you haven't posted for a while because I hate not being able to keep up - and so many of the people I'm following are doing the 30 in 30 challenge that I can't possibly keep up with them all! I'm having a hard time fitting any art in at all at the moment because Sherlock has had an operation on his leg and has to be rested for 6 weeks - that means nothing but lead walks just to the garden for the toilet. Poor thing is so sad that I feel too guilty leaving him without company :0( So, my studio time has taken a mighty bashing this last few weeks and I'm thinking it's going to be a good couple of months or more before life can get back to some kind of normality. Meanwhile, instead of being able to paint myself, I have your wonderful paintings to look at instead. And this horse is utterly beautiful! And I particularly love the colours against the black background. Just exquisite! Oh, and I'll be listening to your AHA show tomorrow. Can't wait! :0)

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  8. I wanted to wave HELLO! I just heard you on Artist Helpin Artist - WOOP!

    OMG Girl! Your art is simply FANTABULOUS!It is watercolor painting at at whole new level. Thank you so much for sharing your work :-D

    When you have time - swing over to my new art licensing blog for a peek ;-)
    http://anniesdoodlebugz.blogspot.com/

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  9. you are missed! this is another gem! they seem to slide off your brush like liquid gold! good luck with everything.

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  10. Funny how busy we can get!!! Love the painting!

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  11. I had really started to think where are you.. :)
    By the way this is superb. And what composition rules are you talking about!!! :)
    I hope your new place is even more inspiring for you.

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  12. Busy, busy busy....It seems to have it us all. I'm hardly getting time to blog.

    Just caught you on AHA (commissions) Great Job, Crystal.

    Love the painting btw!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment they really do mean so much to me! Because not all bloggers have their email enabled so I can reply directly through email I will try to reply here in the comments. If I don't please forgive me, life must have been hectic that day! :)) Huzzah!!

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